The Reluctant Townie: Updating your résumé for White House job

On Monday, Michael Flynn resigned from his appointed position as national security adviser after news outlets reported that he had communicated with high-ranking Russian officials in December about reversing sanctions the Obama administration had imposed in the wake of an intelligence report about Russian interference with the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

John Roska: Wage assignments can be revoked at any time

Q: I got a notice in the mail saying my employer would start making deductions from my wages because of a wage assignment. It said I could revoke it. If I do, can anything bad happen?

A: No. You'll still owe the debt, and could be sued. But you can't be punished for revoking a wage assignment, and it won't increase what you owe.

Ruth Sibert: 'The Bad Kid' follows trend of offering more diversity

Author Sarah Lariviere has a background in social work, and she brings that hands-on experience to her first novel for middle grades, "The Bad Kid." Published by Simon and Schuster in 2016, Lariviere rings the bell when it comes to the children's market's focus on providing more diversity of characters and situations.

Travel/Europe: A tale of two Mediterranean cruises


My daughter and I are travel addicts. Just the spark of an idea of a trip and the beginning stages of planning fill us with a giddy pleasure we get from nothing else. We have been fortunate enough to visit many countries, and through experience, we have found that the best way to see several places in a two-week time span is to go on a cruise.

Getting Personal: Joe DeLuce

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, 59-year-old JOE DeLUCE, the executive director of the Champaign Park District and a football player turned golfer, chats with staff writer PAUL WOOD.

You've been with the park district for nearly two decades. How have parks changed their mission over all those years?

Whatever happened to ... UFO sightings

Although UFO sightings are down from their peak years, voyagers from space are still among us, and there's video over Champaign to prove it.

The skies here have had decades of brightly lit flying objects, to go by News-Gazette clippings.

Lauren Chambers: 'Spontaneous' isn't for the faint of heart


High school can be hard. You have to decide what to do with your life. You make plans that will affect you for decades. You navigate between what you want to do, what your parents want you to do and what everyone thinks you can do. It can feel like a lot of pressure.

Letter from Birdland: Wonderful experiences in nation's capital

We left Birdland this week to drive across the country to the nation's capital.

I was heading to a writers' conference, and Michael went along for the ride. My husband is always up for a road-trip adventure.

We drove across the prairie into the sunrise and were in the mountains by the time the sun was overhead.

Ted Kooser: An American Life in Poetry, Feb. 19, 2017

U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-06

The next time you open your closet door, this poem will give you reason to pay a little more attention to what's hanging inside. Gary Whited is from Massachusetts, and his most recent book is "Having Listened," Homebound Publications, 2013.

My Blue Shirt

hangs in the closet

C-U haiku, Feb. 19, 2017


early spring sunshine

stirs sleeping daffodils

turning thoughts to fancy

— Jim O'Brien, Saint Joseph

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